Vee DeOllos-Hudson had a good question: What do you do when you see that a dog might have run away, escaped from his owner’s home or is a stray?
When I see a loose dog, I usually don’t do anything at all. It sounds bad, but there are a lot of dogs wandering around in my area. So many people don’t leash their dogs; they just let them be loose.
If the dog is obviously scared and lost, then I might try to get her to come to me so I can see if she is wearing ID tags. If the dog appears to be aggressive or in danger, that’s when it is a good idea to call animal control. But if the dog has tags, I’d just call the owner myself.
Unfortunately a lot of lost dogs don’t have tags. In this case, I would bring the dog to the pound or call animal control to pick it up. Once a dog is at the pound in Fargo, she has three business days to be claimed by her owner. Other cities might allow more time, but here it’s only three days.
It’s not really a surprise that a high number of impounded dogs are never reunited with their owners. If I brought a lost dog to the pound, I would probably already be emotionally attached to her and would be calling every day to see if she found her owner. Then I would most likely adopt her temporarily until a shelter had room. It’s costly to “bail” a dog out of the pound, though. Even if it’s your own dog, you have to pay a fee, plus boarding for each day the dog stayed there.
Animal shelters will often take in the most adoptable dogs from the pound, but shelters have limited space and can only do so much.
What do you do when you see a lost dog? What is the best thing to do?